Today, Margaret is Giving Up and latte, and later this month, more lattes and a lunch out. Read on to hear why she is Giving Up and her challenge to you.
"Several years ago I was living in Kampala, Uganda and working with an organic fruit company. I drank instant coffee or none at all, rarely ate dairy, and often made a meal from the fresh fruit and veg seconds from the company's farm. Back in the U.S., I am spoiled again in this Western life. I treat myself to a latte or expensive fruit/veg juice once a week and eat lunches out way too often.
Last spring, I found out about Giving Back to Africa, a Bloomington, IN-based non-profit that works with Democratic Republic of Congo schools to integrate servant-leadership learning into existing curriculum. In doing so, students get members of the community involved in their learning, leading while positively impacting their community.
I miss Africa. It takes hold of you. So giving up a latte for a cup of hot water (so much better than it sounds - try it!) and eating some homemade guacamole and crackers instead of heading out for lunch not only allows me to donate what I might have spent to this worthy cause, but also connects me to the simpler life I led in Uganda.
It doesn't take much to Give up to Give. What can you do?"